Thank you for your patience

Thank you for being kind

I’ve just been taking lessons

that might expand my mind


This site was where I came to fume

it served as a punching bag

it also helped me to exhume

those demons and their rag


It played so loud everyday

I couldn’t hear a thought

If I couldn’t purge it all away

I might the farm have bought!


So now I’m after something new

A thing to set you free

I wish to help you all pursue

I hope to make you see.


My site is transitioning to a photographer’s blog.  Please bear with while I seek the best theme for my new/old site.  I will still write.  Some to accompany my images, some to accompany my soul as it spills across the page…stay tuned.




Missing, gone fishing…with a flash.


It isn’t that I’ve gone away,

It’s not that I’m aloof.

It isn’t because I’ve naught to say,

Of that there’s plenty of proof.

Now, once I’ve made the final cut

Once the die is cast

There really is just one little but

That one is, “how far to cast”?

You could say, I’ve gone fishing or flashing maybe…oh wait. Hmmm!…of course, I mean fishing for sights, sounds, ideas and visions, and learning flash photography like the pros.  Learning is fascinating when there’s no goal at the end…except knowledge. ;~)  No career to feed, no boss to please, no real deadlines, no undo concerns about grades other than to, “get it”…and, AND, someone else is paying.  Wicked Pissah!

Photography-I’ve not been so absorbed in a subject since I found out computers weren’t magic.  Now I see that cameras aren’t either!

Flash Photography; now, that’s magic.


Photoshop is the Anti Christ!


With Photoshop it’s an awful bear

to set my photos straight,

So, I settle for a lousy stare

Instead of the perfect Portrait.

Why did they make it so hard to use?

I’m foundering without a prayer

I rather be pulling a loaded caboose

Than fumbling around in these layers.

What’s with this patching, healing and hues?

Am I just Adobe’s blind fool?

Pick a tip, soft or hard, in a hundred different blues?

What if I took this pointy tool…

Oh, never mind.  Photo onward.

The eyes of Photo 51

I was given the job of writing the Class introduction to our (my) first Gallery.  The theme is “Things we can’t do without.”  The three photos of the kids are my contribution.  There are of course much more to my list of favorite things, but my weak flash photo skills cost me good prints of the entire Family, so the grandkids won out and I had to scavenge pics from my digital camera.  I also was unable to incorporate the fireworks and the kids into one really cool frame…curses Photoshop, foiled again!  This was supposed to be on film anyway…ho-hum!  Next time…

What you see in the written word
Is the story the writer wants told.
What you see in a photograph
Is the artists story writ bold.

Both of these artists have given
What each of us wishes we could
Words and frames about the world unchained
They paint life as only they could.

All of us have some favorite things
Things that make us smile
These are the wings that lift us up
That send us that extra mile.

When all is failing and it seems life is through
When there is nothing that anyone can do
Look to your favorite rhyme in a book
Look to that photo of that special look.

Remember the faces and the places you’ve been
Remember that you can always pretend
That your there in that photo laughing and then
Know that those times can be yours again.

These are a “few of our favorite things”
We hope you find them pleasing
From the Summer ’17 Class of Photo 51
We wish you all a good evening.

Observations under the radar

I don’t know how this will pan out.  At this point, writing is not a priority, but, it appears school may be.  Not creating in this Word Press world of mine, I sometimes imagine myself invisible again.  Instead of the writer wanting to break out though, the eye does. 

I am through the online class and that has left a void. I find myself anxious about getting to the next class at the end of each week.  After all the down time I’ve had since the injury, then getting crazy busy for a while; it seems like any down time I experience now is amplified. 

Wouldn’t it seem logical to fill the void with writing?  I thought so, but the fingers don’t. What I want to do is compose, expose, develop and print.   but, I can’t find enough new places to go take pics, lab time isn’t unlimited, nor is the supply of film. 

So, I founder some.  What’s different from other times when I couldn’t write?  This time I don’t much care.  Only enough to wonder, “WTF”.  I  know I will eventually get back into the lab, find out if the latest roll is any good and know if I need to take more pics…printing my thoughts in images, creating words differently. 

I am starting a creative writing class in fall. This may turn stressful then…ho hum.



Wow, is it hot

chillin I’m not.

How can I make up the time that I’ve lost?

What was wrought

with this furnace you brought?

Did you think about what this would cost?

You think it’s okay

to burn up this way.

I tell you you’re out of your mind.

We’re humans I say.

We can’t live this way.

Now you’ve got us in a bind.

Turn off the heat

these temps we can’t beat

My flowers are going up in flames

I’ve used all our sheets

I’ve stomped with my feet

Still I can’t douse or contain;

This insane conflagration,

Stirs a terrible sensation,

That makes an end to refrains.

Stop for chrissakes, it’s hot!